Swimming & Diving

 Ryan Nelson
Ryan  Nelson


Huntington Beach, Calif.

High School:
Edison HS


Distance Freestyle/IM



Swimmers to Represent UW at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Four will make the trip to Omaha


Swimming and Diving Earns 2016 CSCAA Scholastic Honors

14 individuals earn Scholar All-American


11 Cowboys Named to WAC Academic Team

Most for UW since 2014


Cowboys Take Runner-Up Honors at WAC Championships

Herron named co-freshmen of the year


Nelson Takes Gold in 400 IM on Third Day

UW sets school records to move up to second place

Senior (2015-16): Nelson completed his career as a Cowboy with a very successful season. He was named All-WAC in the 500 free, 200 fly and 400 IM. He won the 400 IM (3:47.04) at the WAC Championships, as it became the second-career title for Nelson in the 400 IM at the WAC Championships. He joined Hans Ljungberg as the only Cowboys to win the 400 IM final twice in their careers. Ljungberg achieved the feat in 1967 and 1968. He took fifth at the championships in the 500 free (4:23.44) and finished seventh in the 200 fly with a time of 1:47.63. At the end of October, Nelson won the 200 fly (2:03.86) against LSU, just before claiming the victory again against Air Force. Additionally, he won the 400 IM at the Purdue Invite with a time of 3:52.59. Nelson had an outstanding meet against No. 14 Utah, as he took second in both the 200 fly (1:50.53) and 500 free (4:42.13), and also took first in the 200 IM (1:53.30). Against Pac-12 member Arizona State, Nelson claimed to victories for the Pokes, as he won the 500 free (4:33.61) and the 400 IM (3l57.11).

Junior (2014-15):
Nelson had a great junior season for UW. He helped lead the Pokes against Cal Poly, as he won two events. He won the 1,000 freestyle at 45.73 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:45.64. He won the 200 butterfly against Colorado School of Mines with a stellar time of 1:55.64. Nelson led the way for the Cowboys in helping defeat UNLV for the first time since 2005 as he won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:30.10 as well as the 500 freestyle at 4:34.33 and the 200 individual medley at 1:51.46. Nelson brought home a victory against Air Force as he won the 200 individual medley at 1:53.23. At the WAC Championships, Nelson finished second in the 400 IM with a time of 3:47.63, third with a time of 15:20.49 in the 1,650 freestyle, and he also finished sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:25.31.Nelson was named to the All-WAC Academic Team.

Sophomore (2013-14): Nelson had a breakout season in his sophomore year with the Cowboys earning his first bid to the NCAA Championships. He joined junior Adam Kalms, as it was the first time Wyoming has qualified two swimmers for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1949 (James Nolan and Marcus Hodges). He competed in three events in his first NCAA Men's Championships. His highest finish came in the 400 individual medley, as he placed 31st in the event at 3:48.21. At the Western Athletic Conference Championship, Nelson walked home with a conference title with two First Team and one Second Team All-WAC selections. He won the 400 individual medley with a WAC record and school record time of 3:45.20. He also earned First Team honors in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:46.26 on his way to a third place finish. His mark in the event was the second fastest time at Wyoming. He swam a school record in the 500 freestyle at the WAC Championship with a time of 4:22.69 finishing fourth earning Second Team honors. He was also a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that earned a WAC title in the event. Nelson swam a 4:04.42 in the 400 individual medley against Colorado School of Mines was the fastest time in Corbett Pool since New Mexico's Gordy Westberg swam a 4:04.84 in 1984.

Freshman: (2012-13): Nelson put forth a banner freshman season for the Cowboys. Nelson earned First Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors in the 400 individual medley and the 1,650 freestyle. Ryan finished second in the 400 individual medley at the MPSF Championships, as he swam a school record time of 3:47.23, just shy of an NCAA qualifying mark. Nelson also made Cowboys history in the 1,650 freestyle, as he broke a 31 year old school record with a personal- best time of 15:16.77 (former record by Lynn Stetson, 15:23.52 in 1982). He also earned Second Team All-MPSF honors in the 500 freestyle with a personal-best time of 4:26.82. Nelson made 15 appearances in the top-five on the season, as he won four events on the season. Ryan finished 19th in the 400 individual medley at the Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials over the summer. After entering ranked 26th at 4:26.29, He swam at 4:29.29 in the prelims to sit 24th. He moved up to 19th with a 4:26.33 in the finals.

High School: Nelson joins the Cowboys as an excellent distance freestyle and individual medley swimmer from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Keith Ryan. He helped Edison to a Sunset League Conference Championship. He was also a 2012 Junior National Qualifier in four events. At the Junior Nationals, Nelson finished fourth in the 400 IM. He was also a Scholastic All-American during high school.

Personal: Nelson was born in Pasadena, Calif. His birthday is April 19, 1994. He is the son of Timothy and Irva Nelson. He has three siblings, Wade, Zachary and Dylan. Nelson is majoring in physiology at UW. He was also recruited by Indiana.

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